The Nativity with the Donors Peter von Clapis and Bela Bonenberg, Bartholomäus Bruyn the Elder
Bartholomäus Bruyn the Elder
The Nativity with the Donors Peter von Clapis and Bela Bonenberg
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Bartholomäus Bruyn the Elder

The Nativity with the Donors Peter von Clapis and Bela Bonenberg, 1516

136.7 x 152.7 x min. 0.9 cm
maximum depth
0.9 cm
Physical Description
Mixed technique on oak
Inventory Number
Acquired in 1921
Not on display

Work Data

Basic Information

The Nativity with the Donors Peter von Clapis and Bela Bonenberg
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Mixed technique on oak
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Datiert oben links auf einem Pfeiler: 1516

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain
Acquired in 1921

Work Content


  • 73B2(+5) adoration of the Christ-child ~ Christ's birth (+ donor(s), supplicant(s), whether or not with patron saint(s))
  • 73B14 annunciation of Christ's birth to the shepherds (and/or shepherdesses) at night; a host of singing angels in the air
  • 61B2(CLAPIS, Peter von)12(+55) historical person (CLAPIS, Peter von) - historical person (CLAPIS, Peter von) in a double-portrait (+ full length portrait)
  • 61BB2(BONENBERG, Bela)12(+55) historical person (BONENBERG, Bela) - BB - woman - historical person (BONENBERG, Bela) in a double-portrait (+ full length portrait)
  • 31A233(+4) kneeling figure (+ three-quarter view)
  • 11C23 God the Father as bearded old man, usually with crown or tiara or sceptre and/or globe
  • 11E1 Holy Ghost represented as a dove (in flames)
  • 73B521 the three Wise Men meet at the crossroads
  • 11G19 lower angel(s)
  • 11G21 angels singing, making music

Research and Discussion


Object History
Sammlung Zanoli, Köln, um 1840
Sammlung Clavé-Bouhaben, Köln, spätestens 1894
Richard von Kaufmann
Verst. durch Paul Cassirer, Berlin an Kunsthandlung Busch, Mainz, 4. Dezember 1917 (Los-Nr. 134)
erworben durch das Städelsche Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt am Main, 1921.


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